Post # 1
My Fiance and I are from RI, getting married in MA on 9/17/11. We are tight on budget and want to go up to Maine for our honeymoon. Where abouts is a good place/area to stay? We want to keep busy, but have to make it a short trip since I am in my last year of college and need to get back to RI.
Post # 3
Old Orchard Beach and Bar Harbor are both touristy areas in Maine. There’s a lot to see in and do in both of those areas–I’m sure you could be pretty well occupied in either place. My fiance is from Maine, and I’ve visited both of those areas with him. It was definitely a fun time 🙂
There’s also quite a lot of beautiful nature–if you’re into camping and nature, Moosehead Lake is a beautiful area. We did some canoeing (sorry if that’s spelled wrong), and hiking, which was pretty nice.
I’ll check with fiance to see if he has any other suggestions.
Post # 4
Speaking with my fiance–he suggests Booth Bay Harbor (which he describes as a stereotypical Maine harbor town), Kennebunkport, or Portland (which is the biggest city, with the most to do).
He says that for caming and hiking, Moosehead Lake is the best. For restaurants, nature, and ocean, he says Bar Harbor, Booth Bay Harbor, and Kennebunkport. I think Acadia National Park may be close by…that’s also a really pretty area.
And, he said that he really likes Freeport–that’s where the main L.L. Bean store is. (I think that was more of an appeal for him than me. Though there’s cool giant backpacks there. 🙂 ). There’s not a LOT there, though if you’re driving you may end up driving through it there.
The further up you go into the state, the more you hit lots of nature and not a lot of stuff. So, probably sticking with those areas allow you some success. 🙂
Post # 5
Honestly, I love Ogunquit! It is very pretty and you can walk Marginal Way which is just beautiful. They have neat little shops and all that. My friends and I stayed at the Cliff House for a girls’ spa weekend (it’s right near Ogunquit) and had an amazing time. Often, you can get some good prices there in the off season.
You are also close enough that you can drive to Portland and Freeport if you want to. We went up to Freeport for a day of shopping on one of the days. Coastal Maine is really beautiful!
Post # 6
I’ve lived here five years and managed to see a LOT of the state. If you are on a tight budget and have only a short time, then I suggest staying in Camden/Mid-Coast area. Bar Harbor is about six hours from Portland and Moosehead is at least that. They are beautiful areas but it just depends on how much driving you want to do.
Things are deceptively far. There are not a lot of major highways-mostly two lane roads and it takes a lot longer to get to places than you think it would. I love the Mid-coast because it’s got nature and charming villages. There’s hiking, swimming and lots of gorgeous scenery. You can take a schooner trip out of Camden Harbor. And even do a little shopping. And there are all kinds of reasonably priced B&Bs/motels in the area.
And if you want to hit Freeport with the outlet shopping and LL Bean, then you can do it on your way up or back. Kind of the best of both worlds:)
Post # 7
WOW thank you ladies so much!! Im excited to check out the LLbean haha. The Fiance LOVES camping and has always wanted to bring me, so maybe ill give in 🙂